A debriefing meeting/workshop was held at Frontieri from October 15-18 October /2019 with the UNJP team, Drexel University and the field staffs so as to get feedback on the validation tools  of the ACT Framework for Measuring FGM Social Norms. The meeting/workshop mainly focused on the field experience which was conducted from 06 August -04 September 2019 to collect data from Chifra and Gewane weredas of Afar region, Danboya wereda of SNNP region and woereda 5 of Addis Ababa.

The debriefing meeting was conducted upon the conclusion of the data collection and Drexel’s factor analysis. During the workshop the field team shared their field experience, provided valuable inputs and also reported on challenges encountered.

A total of 59 field staffs were recruited and trained, of which 42 were selected and deployed to the field. Different activities were performed to complete the field data collection with expected quality and implementation schedule. The main activities include, facilitating support letter from federal and regional authorities, and introducing the purpose of the validation to local government body, delineation of the enumeration areas (EAs), listing and community mapping of eligible households, undertake participant selection using pre-prepared tool, undertake randomization to select study participants from each age group of adolescent girls (i.e., 10-14 years and 15-19 years) as indicated in the methodology of the study, collect  assents and consents study participants, and conduct quantitative data collection. Qualitative data collection was part of the tool validation, and accordingly IDI and FGD tools were developed and data collection was undertaken using the tools.

All the expected number of IDI and FGD per study region was conducted, and a total of 1,146 structured interviews were conducted. Validation of the interview was undertaken simultaneously with the structured interviews. The overall purpose of the validation activity was to evaluate every question from the interviewer and respondent perspective. Accordingly, the validators needed to follow interviews from the beginning to the end without any interruption.